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Monday Cable Ratings: 'Monday Night Football' Triumphs + Presidential Debate Ratings, 'On The Record', 'Monday Night RAW', 'SportsCenter' & More

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October 23rd, 2012

Monday Night Football was Monday's number 1 cable program, with a 4.5 adults 18-49 rating down from last week's 5.2.Coverage on FOX News of the Presidential Debate came in second with a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.

We only receive the top 100 cable shows for adults 25-54 for the whole day from our primary source. If you don’t see an original episode of a show here, it’s because it wasn’t in that list.

The list below is long but you can use your browsers "find on page" feature (usually CTRL+F or CMD+F) to search for specific shows.

Selected Monday cable ratings: (all Live+Same Day ratings):

Show Net Time Viewership (million, Live+SD) Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD)
NFL REGULAR SEASON      L ESPN 8:30 PM 10.664 4.5
PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE FOXNC 9:00 PM 11.472 2.3
3RD PRES DEABTE 2012 CNN 9:02 PM 5.856 1.9
DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 10:34 PM 5.663 1.9
ON THE RECORD W/GRETA FOXNC 10:34 PM 9.595 1.8
WWE Entertainment USA 9:00 PM 3.653 1.4
WWE Entertainment USA 10:00 PM 3.432 1.4
SPORTSCENTER:           L ESPN 11:54 PM 2.932 1.4
WWE Entertainment USA 8:00 PM 3.578 1.3
Family Guy ADSM 11:30 PM 2.464 1.2
DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 11:00 PM 3.646 1.2
PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE CVG FOXNC 8:55 PM 7.308 1.2
DEBATE MSNBC 9:02 PM 4.084 1.1
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 2.393 1.1
MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN  L ESPN 6:30 PM 2.298 1.1
Hannity FOXNC 11:05 PM 5.684 1.0
Basketball Wives LA 2 VH1 8:00 PM 1.564 0.9
Bad Girls Club OXYG 10:00 PM 1.864 0.8
Daily Show CMDY 11:00 PM 1.617 0.8
T.I. AND TINY 2 VH1 9:00 PM 1.422 0.8
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:00 AM 1.514 0.8
Switched At Birth FAM 8:00 PM 1.783 0.8
CHRISSY & MR. JONES VH1 9:30 PM 1.271 0.7
SpongeBob NICK 6:30 PM 2.764 0.7
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:15 AM 1.370 0.7
MSNBC DEBATE ANALYSIS MSNBC 10:34 PM 2.538 0.6
Colbert Report CMDY 11:31 PM 1.290 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 6:00 PM 2.800 0.6
Pawn Stars HIST 10:31 PM 1.929 0.6
American Dad ADSM 10:30 PM 1.636 0.6
American Chopper DISC 9:00 PM 1.403 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 5:30 PM 2.844 0.6
Family Guy TBSC 10:00 PM 1.276 0.6
DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 12:00 AM 1.755 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 5:00 PM 2.796 0.6
TI MUSIC VIDEO VH1 11:30 PM 0.953 0.6
Pardon The Interruption ESPN 5:30 PM 1.251 0.6
Family Guy TBSC 9:30 PM 1.261 0.6
Pawn Stars HIST 10:00 PM 1.912 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 4:30 PM 2.749 0.6
Family Guy ADSM 2:30 AM 1.119 0.6
NCIS USA 6:00 PM 2.103 0.6
NFL PRIMETIME ESPN 1:30 AM 1.217 0.6
ON THE RECORD W/GRETA FOXNC 12:00 AM 3.108 0.6
Adventure Time TOON 7:30 PM 2.589 0.5
NCIS: LOS ANGELES USA 7:00 PM 2.169 0.5
FRIENDS NAN 11:33 PM 1.213 0.5
THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC 8:00 PM 4.647 0.5
CSI USA 11:05 PM 1.343 0.5
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 7:30 PM 1.561 0.5
FAMILY GUY TBSC 10:30 PM 1.091 0.5
Alphas SYFY 8:00 PM 1.172 0.5
FAMILY GUY TBSC 9:00 PM 1.115 0.5
Ridiculousness SSN2B MTV 10:00 PM 1.047 0.5
T.I. AND TINY 2 VH1 11:00 PM 0.801 0.5
FAMILY GUY TBSC 8:30 PM 1.068 0.5
Hoarders AEN 9:00 PM 1.212 0.5
AMC FEARFEST AMC 8:00 PM 1.194 0.5
American Pickers HIST 9:00 PM 1.755 0.5
BIG SCREEN MOVIE FAM 9:01 PM 1.161 0.5
SPORTSCENTER EARLY      L ESPN 6:00 PM 0.937 0.5
FAMILY GUY TBSC 8:00 PM 1.060 0.5
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 7:00 PM 1.292 0.5
AMC FEARFEST AMC 10:00 PM 0.937 0.5
FRIENDS NAN 11:00 PM 1.134 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 12:08 AM 1.103 0.5
Pawn Stars HIST 8:30 PM 1.310 0.5
Pawn Stars HIST 8:00 PM 1.396 0.5
SEINFELD TBSC 7:30 PM 1.215 0.5
BREAKING AMISH: EXTENDED TLC 8:00 PM 1.052 0.5
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 10:00 PM 1.107 0.5
DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 8:00 PM 1.637 0.4
NCIS USA 5:00 PM 1.893 0.4
BREAKING AMISH: EXTENDED TLC 9:12 PM 1.002 0.4
INTERVENTION AEN 10:00 PM 0.943 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 8:30 PM 0.992 0.4
CHRISSY & MR. JONES VH1 11:34 PM 0.743 0.4
DORA THE EXPLORER NICK 10:00 AM 1.580 0.4
OVERHAULIN DISC 8:00 PM 1.039 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 6:30 PM 1.024 0.4
Mentalist, THE SPC TNT 9:00 PM 1.725 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 8:00 PM 1.124 0.4
American Pickers HIST 7:00 PM 1.386 0.4
FAST N LOUD DISC 10:00 PM 0.873 0.4
SEINFELD TBSC 7:00 PM 1.008 0.4
MSNBC DEBATE PREVIEW MSNBC 8:00 PM 1.810 0.4
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC BRVO 9:00 PM 0.933 0.4
Mentalist, THE SPC TNT 10:00 PM 1.561 0.4
KING OF QUEENS TBSC 6:30 PM 0.874 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1.495 0.4
CSI USA 1:08 AM 0.912 0.3
Mentalist, THE SPC TNT 8:00 PM 1.579 0.3
Hoarders AEN 8:00 PM 0.900 0.3
The Fox Report W/S.SMITH FOXNC 7:00 PM 2.609 0.3
American Chopper DISC 11:00 PM 0.622 0.3
SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER FOXNC 6:00 PM 2.678 0.3
LOVE IT OR LIST IT HGTV 9:00 PM 1.265 0.3
Hardball WITH C. MATTHEWS MSNBC 7:00 PM 1.403 0.3
FIVE, THE FOXNC 5:00 PM 2.313 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 10:30 PM 1.194 0.3

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Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • I luv nickelodeon

    Hey nick do you have Sunday’s prime time numbers on nickelodeon
    7:30 pm – New Spongebob
    8:00 pm- New See Dad Run
    8:30pm-10 (I think)- Stand by movie ( Movie)
    Thanks(:

  • Michael

    It sucks that the second half of the first season (Switched At Birth) ended so quickly!

    GREAT NUMBERS!

  • Brandy

    Good for Switched!

  • Nick

    :-D Finally a good rating for Switched at Birth.

  • Jenny

    I’m predicting 2.2 million and a 1.0 for PLL

  • alecus

    Where’s the ratings for RuPaul’s all star drag race?

  • johnthemon

    ADVENTURE TIME! I wish you would cover their numbers more consistently, as well as Regular Show.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    I suspect Alphas will get a season three, if not more.

    The finale was terrific. I have no idea why Gary was spared, though. But based on the theory, all the Alphas should recover (including Parrish who should recover from his head shot like he did in the Civil War since Rosen never injected him with the drugs.) Everyone else in Grand Central Station should be dead.

    Summer had some fun lines. “Whatever. Yay, team…” :-)

  • Joe Fernandez

    They literally can’t cancel Alphas after that cliffhanger. It’s not really doing that much worse then warehouse 13, and hopefully DVD sales and revenue from Netflix can help its cause.

    If they make Skylar a regular then the ratings will definitely be better…

  • panda22

    Alphas was an average ep,/finale but an excellent cliffhanger/end….i think Gary was uneffected due to him being autistuc + same reason wny Nina can’t push him…his brain works different.

    No idea about renewal…we’ll see…..
    S@B did well for it’s finale and i suspect PLL will pulverise everything in female 12-34. I predict 2.9m and a 1.3 demo 18-49, but much higher in W18-34….set records for Twitter and social network stuff.

    ABCF seem to really covet social media numbers.

  • Ike

    Hooray! Alphas was the highest-rated first-run scripted cable drama of the night! ;)

    OTOH, it may have been the ONLY first-run scripted cable drama of the night! (Or at least the only one on this list.) So maybe it was the highest-rated *and* the lowest-rated first-run scripted cable drama of the night. Bummer! :P

    I hope there will be a season three. That’s not very nice of the writers to end a low-rated season with a cliffhanger, knowing it might not get renewed.

  • Ike

    Oops, I forgot about Switched at Birth. OK, so then Alphas was the second-highest-rated first-run scripted cable drama of the night.

    We really need an edit button up in here. Can’t we got back to Disqus? They’re the worst, except for every other comment system which is even worse than that. ;)

  • The End

    Alphas won’t get a third season. I wouldn’t get your hopes up. Nothing against the show, just the ratings aren’t really that good at all.

    Tired of discussing this really. Happy to quote this topic if people go all nuts at me for having an opinion grounded in reality, which is different to their own once the cancellation press release comes out.

    Cancellations suck in general. I’m not a fan. I just hope when the news is made public some of the more regular posters here post in shock saying OMG I DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING when the numbers have been dire for a while.

  • luisl

    I was hoping they weren’t going to do a cliffhanger like this.

    I really hate when this happens and the show gets cancelled.

    It’s the only good thing on SyFy.

  • chrisdvanne

    SyFy you NEED to renew Alphas. The story arcs and the quality of acting is gripping – particularly in S02 eps 8/9/10 – just incredible.

    The season finale of Alphas was amazing and of course Summer Glau was amazing in it too, I love how Gary in the train station walks around everyone that has fallen because of what parish did by using skylar, Gary is the only one who didn’t fall, again amazing ending for a season finale.

    The cliffhanger calls for a third season.

  • chrisdvanne

    @ The End

    We know the numbers as much as you do. It’s just that you’re the voice of reason while we’re Alphas (and Summer Glau) enthusiasts ;-)

    Showing the show some love can’t do now harm and frankly, this thread would be boring without one of two fans comments, not to mention it offers you the opportunity to comment yourself.

  • chrisdvanne

    @ luisl

    We knew they’ll end the season on a cliffhanger, regardless of what the ratings are or the chances of it being renewed. Simply because the season finished filming BEFORE the first episode of season 2 aired.

    Alphas’s showrunner Bruce Miller had no other choice than filming the season finale as if there would be a season 3.

  • silvit

    I know that it doesn’t mean anything -or I care.since I think the show is crap- but yesterday PLL was on fire on social network. According to trendrr.tv, it got more than 1 MILLION mentions!!! The only show I’ve seen doing better was The Walking Dead.

    Give credit when the credit is due.

  • Pj

    So I know that RuPaul’s drag race all stars doesn’t make this specific list but I am very curious as to how it did on Monday night. Can anyone help out?

  • Heshi

    When preparing the season finale, the writers of Alphas can’t possibly know, months in advance, whether their show will be renewed, so obviously they’ll design the most dramatic cliffhanger possible. The ratings are pretty lame. However, SyFy loves the show creatively, and they don’t have too much else to offer on the network right now. So maybe if the numbers crunch the right way, they can still squeeze out another season? Here’s hoping.

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